By Film Type

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ALL THESE VOICES

Dir. David Henry Gerson
(15min, USA/Poland) Narrative

When a Nazi soldier encounters an avant-garde theater troupe of survivors in an abandoned Polish theater, he is forced to come to terms with his complicity in their grief.

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ARABIC MOVIE

Dir. Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni
(60 min, Israel, 2015) Documentary

Not long ago, Israeli families of all backgrounds would huddle next to the TV each Friday to watch the week’s “Egyptian movie.” Did anybody ever wonder how Israel’s official TV station was able to bypass sealed borders to obtain these beloved Arab Movies of the Week?

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AVALON

Dir. Barry Levinson
(128 min, USA, 1990) Narrative

Barry Levinson directs this evocative, nostalgic film which celebrates the virtues of family life and traces several generations of Baltimore Jewish immigrants. Headlined by a memorable performance from 2016 WJFF Visionary award winner Armin-Mueller Stahl.

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BABA JOON (Opening Night)

Dir. Yuval Delshad
(91 min, Israel, 2015) Narrative

Israel’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award® is a tender tale of a generational divide and immigrant experience.

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BLUSH (Previously Barash)

Dir. Michal Vinik
(90 min, Israel, 2015) Narrative

Seventeen-year-old Naama Barash enjoys drugs, alcohol and hanging out with like-minded friends. As her parents fret about their older daughter’s disappearance, Naama meets a wild girl in school, and discovers the intoxicating rush of first love.

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BLACK JEWS: THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE

Dir. Laurence Gavron
(56 min, Senegal/France, 2016) Documentary

A large number of groups in Sub-Saharan African countries spontaneously converted to Judaism in the 20th Century. This film takes a close look at a Jewish community in Cameroon, while also examining African Israeli and African American Jewish communities.

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BORN ALLIES

Dir. Abraham Belaga
(17min, France, 2014) Narrative

Micha takes care of the family business, a shoe-repair store. As he does every Friday for Shabbat, he has dinner with his parents. But tonight is different – his brother Samuel is home.

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CARVALHO’S JOURNEY

Dir. Steve Rivo
(85 min, USA, 2015) Documentary

At a time when the US was busy pushing and re-defining its borders, the nascent medium of photography was just starting to take root. At the center of this artistic and geographic expansion stood an observant Sephardic Jew from South Carolina, Solomon Carvalho (1815-1897).

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THE CHAOS WITHIN

Dir. Yakov Yanai Lein
(85 min, Israel, 2014) Documentary

Poignant, heartbreaking and triumphant, Yakov Lanai’s journey through Kabbalah, drugs and redemption rivals the wildest-imaged fiction, and yet it’s all true.

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COMPARED TO WHAT? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank (Spotlight Evening)

Dir. Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler
(90 min, USA, 2014) Documentary

A fresh and contemporary political drama with unparalleled access to one of Congress’ first openly gay Representatives, and easily one of the most captivating public figures in recent memory.

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CREMATOR

Dir. Juraj Herz
(95 min, Czechoslovakia, 1969) Narrative

Ahead of its time, the blend of black comedy and horror in The Cremator is a stunning example of the Czech New Wave movement, gliding effortlessly between Surrealism and Expressionism.